CSOSA has been working with the DC Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management to change the narrative around hiring people who have been involved in the criminal legal system. Many talented individuals struggle to find gainful employment because of their criminal record.
One out of every three adults in the United States has a criminal record. Employers are reluctant to hire people who have been involved in the criminal legal system, often based on preconceptions that a recent Koch Foundation study found to be untrue. In reality, these individuals are often valuable, dedicated, and dependable hires. Providing a second chance through gainful employment is a triple win – it helps the individual, the employer, and the community.